Ten months after Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, Thomas Adams was plucked out of retirement by then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and named special coordinator for Haiti. He came into the job with a 35-year career in the U.S. government, much of it focused on managing foreign assistance. In August, Adams, 66, will step down from the role and former U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten will take the reins of overseeing U.S. government engagement.
Last week, Adams stopped in Miami, at the invitation of Haitian Americans for Progress and the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, to meet with members of the Haitian diaspora. He sat down with the Miami Herald to discuss Haiti’s post-quake progress, its upcoming legislative, local and presidential elections and the final year of President Michel Martelly’s five-year term. via | Miami Herald